Health care accessory fees in Quebec: Interview for The McGill Tribune

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in In the Media | No Comments

This past September, Quebec Minister of Health Gaetan Barrette announced that accessory fees would be abolished as of January 2017. Therefore, physicians will not be allowed to charge additional costs for services already covered by the provincial health insurance. These accessory fees have been a source of controversy in Quebec since they could are considered to go against the Canada Health Act, most specifically the accessibility principle. Dr. Quesnel-Valléee was interviewed from The McGill Tribune on the topic and described the federal government’s change in attitude regarding the accessory fees. Excerpt:

“The strong stance adopted by Minister Philpott [regarding] the Quebec user fees and the threat of clawbacks is thus a break from the past and signaling that the federal government really means business,”